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[MV & Album Review] PRISTIN -- 'Hi! PRISTIN / Wee Woo'

By eric_r_wirsing   Saturday, March 25, 2017   51,704   4,571   35



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Track List:

1. Be The Star
2. Wee Woo *Title
3. Black Widow?
4. Running
5. Over N Over
6. We

Pledis Entertainment has debuted their newest girl group PRISTIN! According to sources, their name is a portmanteau of "prismatic" and "elastin." So their name means "multihued stretchy-skin." Okay, I'm kidding it means "bright and clear infinite strength" (according to their interview on V Live). But that's not what my dictionary says. They originally debuted as Pledis Girlz, but after adding Nayoung and Kyulkyung (who were busy with I.O.I at the time) they debuted properly as PRISTIN.

The EP kicks off with "Be The Star," which, while not terrible, sort of counts as an "almost there." There are too many jarring transitions and switch ups for it to be a really standout song. It's alright, but it feels way too much like filler. I think it's the chorus where it really falls down because I like some of the main verses. I'm not crazy about the bridges either. 

The title track "Wee Woo" is better, but it suffers from some of the same things that hurt the first track. The transitions and bridges are less awkward, but the main hook in the chorus is weak. However, most of the song is awesome and I love the pounding beat. It's just a little anticlimactic by the time it gets to the title, compared to the whole rest of the tune. The sad thing is the hook is an essential part of the song, telling the rest of the story. However, if my heart went "Wee Woo," I don't think I'd be in love. I'd be getting to a doctor in a hurry.

"Black Widow" is just a mess. There are some nods to hip-hop and EDM here, but the whole thing doesn't hang together well. It's like they had several good ideas, but didn't know how to package them effectively into a good song. There are parts I really like, but there's not enough to enjoy before it randomly switches to another part. The whole thing feels like someone changing stations on the radio.

"Running" is really where the album picks up. It's probably the best tune on the disc so far. Sometimes experimentation is a good thing -- like f(x). Sometimes it's a little off. This song has very little to no experimentation, and that serves it well. It's a slick, sweet pop number, unpretentious and unapologetic. But it's as strong a tune as you might find on an album by Red Velvet or TWICE. I like it.

The ballad "Over N Over" is actually where they really shine. It's just a shame it took this long on the album to get there. The girls actually have great singing voices, but it's sometimes hard to put that into a really great uptempo song. But here, they pull the tune off really well, injecting emotion into their voices without becoming overwrought. And the tune is so much better for it.

Save the best for last? Yes, by far the best tune on the disc is the pre-release track "We," by members Roa, Eunwoo, Sungyeon and Xiyeon. It's a good tune, very well-realized by the girls. It almost reminds me of disco, except the beat is much stronger. The girls wrap their voices around this one nicely, and it's a great finisher.

The problem is that the last track is something we've already heard, and most of the newer tracks don't measure up. I've collected my fair share of debut albums, and this one is kind of on the weaker end of the spectrum. The songs that are strongest are the ones where the girls had the most to do with. True, their names are on all the tracks, but they composed, arranged, and wrote "Running," which is the best track on the album next to "We."  Not the best EP at all, and frankly, I blame the company -- the girls are in fine form when they're allowed to be.


I'm not sure this really has a plot, but I suppose you had to justify the siren sounds in the song with a police presence.

It appears the girls have magic powers, at least some of them. We have floating cards, floating hair, clothes that shoot out of laundry machines and a magic lamp. The girls dance and sing as magic effects pop up all around them. 

The girls dance really well. That's the thing that I noticed most about this. There was a definite reason to showcase this, and they move more precisely and with more confidence than many competing groups. Their moves were par excellence (well, except for that foot lift during the hook -- that was as lackluster as the hook).

The outfits range from obvious eye candy to normal, and everything is brightly hued (fitting their name). It was well-filmed and I didn't notice anything particularly low-budget. And I think that's the key. It may not have taken much to make this (I'm not privy to Pledis' budgets), but they dressed it up well.

I'm making it sound worse than it is, but it really defies coherent description. It's actually a fun video. The girls are absolutely gorgeous, and it's pretty funny to see, say, a soda blow up in someone's face. It's like they didn't take themselves too seriously, but were in desperate need of a concept. I like it, though, just like I enjoy the song.


MV Relevance..........8
MV Production.........9
MV Concept.............8
Album Production....6
Album Concept........7


SEE ALSO: PRISTIN hit 5 million views on 'We Like'!

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  3. wee woo

jesse_tix Friday, July 7, 2017

for me be the star and running were good but almost sounded the same but if i had to choose i'd choose running i thought it was better   over n over is a good ballad song and we was the best but outta th whol album they promoted he worst two weewoo and black widow a (complete mess) ...the lyrics r so cheesy and so random  then the transitions r random and how they sang it and managed them were like so simple it sounded like a random person was trying to make a song so he wrote lyrics and tried to sing them randomly ... even doe wee woo was a good song to stick in the head but the  songs production were below average

CaratLoyalty17 Monday, March 27, 2017

I honestly don't agree with this review I think all the songs are great. Black widow is a different song that I'm jamming right now. The dance is great especially the chorus. If you listen carefully it has a sword slice sound effect which makes it unique and catchy. It also has sharp movements which makes it addicting to watch. Obviously this song probably don't fit to be in the cute girly theme type album, but I'm sure they just want to show this cool side of them which I am for it.

Marx_Motto Monday, March 27, 2017

Earworm. That's it. Like Poppy.

jox Sunday, March 26, 2017

the album production is a mess, they have no stand out song , too bad cuz the girls are really talented especially with on stage and coreography

Imshook jox Sunday, March 26, 2017

"We" predebut song charted #35

krmmei Sunday, March 26, 2017

no impact, the score is fine but compared to the previous reviews it shouldn't have been this high, should've been lower or raise the scores of the previous.

Sappho Sunday, March 26, 2017

Pristin's Wee Woo got no any impact at all, it was just only catchy. Black Widow give some good vibe but the choreography got no impact to lift the vibe up. Honestly almost all of their songs got one similarities, all of their song are repetitive with no impact. We is the only song which is good.

Denpa Sunday, March 26, 2017

''eric_r_wirsing'' is just a mess.

krmmei Denpa Sunday, March 26, 2017

i still remember when they gave SNSD wanna be a 9.1 ...

colorfuloddity88 Sunday, March 26, 2017

The fact that the only 'positive' songs were either compared to other groups' (RV & Twice) or already been heard. I don't agree with this entire review at all, just as much as the writer was entitled to his own opinion too. If you don't get the MV, it's your problem. And the hook being not good enough? Shit, it's been years since something entered my brain and refused to leave.

ky9999 Saturday, March 25, 2017

He doesnt know what experimental music is apparently

3percenter Saturday, March 25, 2017

Pristin, like every kpop girl group is purpose built from scratch to sing, dance, and look good.  The talent and ability needed for success is already there. What is often lacking is good management. Song selection, choreography, and visual conception are decisions made by management, so any deficiencies are their failures, not the group member's. Every shortcoming or failure for a girl group is rarely or ever the fault of the performers. They always give 110% even if what they are given to work with is shit. So if there is anything lacking with Pristin's debut, it is the fault of the shits-in-suits at Pledis, not the ladies of Pristin.

forgivemenot1 3percenter Saturday, March 25, 2017

There is one huge point you seemed to have missed in that mini rant and that is Pristin were also trained to write/produce their own music much like SEVENTEEN, and that's the music they debut with; When the cost to debut such a group is between 1-2 MILLION DOLLARS the tendency is for the "shits-in-suits" to play it safe, go the tried and true path, but like they did with SEVENTEEN the "shit's-in-suits" put their trust in the members themselves and while risky it's also incredibly rare for a new group to have that much creative freedom, so while you are trying to put all the blame on the "shits-in-suits" understand that's NOT what you are doing, you are saying the songs are at fault, the songs the girls themselves had a great deal of import in creating, the songs they have said in their own words they are proud of, you just "shit" on them, congratulations!

3percenter forgivemenot1 Tuesday, March 28, 2017

First off, I have no problem with Pristin's songs, but I have read a lot of posts that indicate there are a lot of complaints out there. And the fact Pristin is involved in both composing and lyric writing is an extra thumbs up for them, and makes them artists as well as performers. But kpop isn't the most "artistic" of genres... people forget what the "pop" stands for. Pristin is an exception to the rule, which was the main point of my post. Most kpop groups are given their material and have to run with it, but the members still get blamed for when there is a lack of success. And most of the time it is the shits-in-suits to blame (sorry, I just despise kpop management in general). Pristin has more ownership, which is more admirable, but also riskier to them personally. In the end they should maintain pride in their work regardless of whether it is a commercial success. But I think (and hope) Pristin will be very successful. Nayoung cannot fail!

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